The short of it: (1) Do you have any personal experience getting into Canada and re-entering the US with only a driver's license and birth certificate? (2) What is the drive like between Toronto and Ogdensburg for someone who has really only spent time in cities and driving on major highways up and down the East and West coasts? (3) What should we do in Toronto?
We are taking a road trip from NYC to Niagara Falls/Toronto/along the Canadian side of Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence river and back down through NY. We leave tomorrow! A couple of questions:
1) Have you personally re-entered the US from Canada with only a driver's license + birth certificate? My passport expired in April of this year and this trip came up so quickly I did not have a chance to renew. This link
says "Travelers without WHTI-compliant documents [passporte/enhanced license/SENTRI/NEXUS/FAST] are likely to be delayed at the border as CBP officers work to verify identity and citizenship." Anyone have experience with this?
2) What is the drive like between Toronto and Ogdensburg for city people who generally drive on major highways when traveling? Are there places to pee, eat, etc. along Route 401? Anything beautiful or cool we should stop to see?
3) What should we do in Toronto? I've looked through the smattering of posts here, and there wasn't too much info. It seems we should take a boat to an island. Nothing else really popped. What suggestions do you have? Things we stumbled upon and loved in other cities: Geppi's Entertainment Museum in B'more
, the Mütter Museum in Philly, beautiful cemeteries anywhere. Roosevelt Island is a favorite of ours here in NYC.
Would love specific recos on: good coffee, *good* cheap eats, quiet/nature-y stuff (though maybe not, like, full-on hikes, ha), funky, local, non-corporate stores/restaurants, good street art, anything full of history.
No idea where we're staying yet, so if you have neighborhood recommendations, we'll take those, too! We're doing air bnb or Priceline Negotiator. We'll figure it out!